Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Someone for the masses

I was never a Salman Khan fan. But, you have to give it to the man, he is everywhere. Or rather his "Being Human" t-shirts are seen everywhere. Not a day passes, when I don't see someone - student, slum dwellers, street-side Romeos - sporting the t-shirt. They are also selling on the footpath. His heroines/co-stars walk the ramp in his Tees and the man on the street also sports them. That I think sums up Sallu mian's mass and class appeal.

Actors and actresses make news for launching their clothes line, perfumes and DVDs...but they have are/never sold on this scale. They never make news amongst the masses. Their products do not evoke, "we must buy Bipasha Basu's DVDs or her clothes" sentiments. They just come and we don't even know when they "go" or fade from public memory.

This makes me think, perhaps Salman Khan is also an excellent marketing strategist!

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Jaipur in Pictures

Jaipur street
Interiors of City Palace, Jaipur
The armoury 
City Palace, Jaipur

Tidbits from Jaipur

Javed Akhtar: Born to Act
I think Farhan Akhtar is better off wielding the megaphone...and giving his father, Javed Akhtar a chance to show off his histrionics. He has the voice, he has an elephantine memory and he can act for sure. He can act happy when he's on the stage talking happily when unchallenged, acting up when presented with a contrary viewpoint, acting injured when his viewpoint is dismissed.

An evening of You Know...
The one phrase which was thrown around liberally, peppered all meaningful and meaningless conversations, discussions was..."You Know". 
You know....accompanied by slow motion of bejewelled fingers, was sure to cast a hypnotic spell on you.
Alka Pande, one of the panelist for 'Shringara...Costume is the temple of the mind',  began and ended her sentenced with "you know"

A reluctant film-maker
The bearded gentleman sulked. You could make that out right away. He was dressed to kill...the winter chill, I mean. He was standing on the fringes of one of the session. Perhaps because no one in the audience noticed him...or worse recognized him.
Oh hello! One PYT (heavily botoxed) I am told, slithered up to him. He smiled a wee bit. Next, some of the photographers realised who he was...and click, click. The bearded gentleman was grinning away happily. Next day's newspaper carried this caption under the gentleman's photo: Lost in Deep Thought.
I don't agree for sure.

Late in the day...Jaipur Lit Fest

Watch out for these writers from the African continent- Shubnum Khan, Teju Cole, Taiwheyi and Ben Okri

Vishal Bharadwaj, Prasoon Joshi, Javed Akhtar, Gulzar with moderator, Samit Basu at the Kahani Kise Kehte Hain session

Good  girls come to Jaipur...Annie Zaidi (centre) with Manisha Kulshrestha and  Pakistani writer Huma